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MTV Music Generator is a PlayStation (PSOne) game released in 1999 by Codemasters. It's a combination synthesizer, sequencer and sampler, with hundreds of sound samples included. It basically turns your Playstation (along with a tape deck/CD burner) into a home studio.

You can also create complex visual tracks to turn your work into a full-fledged "demo", or just pop in a CD and it will generate 3D graphics to go with the music (like Winamp or iTunes' "visualizer" feature).

The UI is simple and powerful. You can build songs up from preprogrammed blocks of notes, or sequence your own "riffs". 2 years after purchasing the game, I'm still discovering new, useful features. There is a waveform editor, note filters, reverb and echo effects... and anything else you could think of doing to tweak sound is probably in there.

The included samples are 44khz CD-quality, and suitable for many different genres including house, drum'n'bass/jungle, hip-hop, trance, and even rock. Up to 24 tracks are available for mixing, and songs can be up to half an hour in length. Most songs fit in one memory card block, although user-created samples take up much more space.

For anyone who has a Playstation and wants to make electronic music, I advise picking up this game. These days it costs about $20, and outperforms a $200 drum machine in many respects (although lacking MIDI compatibility is a drawback).

MTV Music Generator for the PC Platform

MTV Music Generator is a piece of software, that was written by Codemasters and Jester Interactive.

What does it require?

MTV Music Generator (hereby referred to as MTVMG henceforth) has the following requirements:

Minimum Requirements
(without video creation and playback)
Windows 95, 98 or Windows 2000

Pentium 200 MMX


16 bit DirectX compatible Soundcard

DirectX 7.0 compatible video card


275Mb Hard Drive space

Minimum Requirements

(with video creation and playback)

Windows 95, 98 or Windows 2000

Pentium II 266 CPU


16 bit DirectX compatible Soundcard

DirectX 7.0 compatible 3D graphics card with 4Mb RAM


275Mb Hard Drive space

Recommended Specification

Windows 95, 98 or Windows 2000

Pentium II 350 CPU


16 bit DirectX compatible Soundcard

DirectX 7.0 compatible 3D graphics card with 8Mb RAM


300Mb Hard Drive space

Supported 3D chipsets

3dfx Voodoo Graphics, Voodoo Rush, Voodoo Banshee, Voodoo2, Voodoo3

3Dlabs Permedia 2, Permedia 3

ATI Rage Pro, Rage 128

Intel i740

Matrox G200, G400

Nvidia Riva 128, Riva TNT, Riva TNT2, GeForce 256

S3 Savage 3D, Savage 4, Savage 2000

Network / Internet Play Requirements

•Minimum 33.6 kbs speed modem •IPX network •TCP/IP network

•Any other 100% Microsoft DirectPlay® supported network.

MTVMG also includes a Royalty Free License, which says that anything that you create with MTVMG is yours, completely and totally original. This is a good thing for musicians like me, and I am proud to announce that I will soon be releasing my first Album. MTVMG has the perfect set-up, for people who do not have the time, or money to hire a studio, and a group of studio musicians, once again, like me. I do realize that this may not seem like the greatest piece of software out there, but keep reading and look at the features, below.

What features does MTVMG include?

MTVMG has a number of great, and easy to use features, for the aspiring musician. You do not need to be a pro-composer to write music with MTVMG. It has the added advantages of:

-The Basic Song Stuff-

-A “Riff” Library (This is the, well, Library of riffs, where all your music samples are storred. You can scroll through, I believe, over 500 different riffs, under 5-10 different categories, and, I believe , 4-5 different styles/genres.)

-A “Riff” Palette (This will become increasingly more important once you start putting riffs into your song. This tool allows you to access all the different riffs, that you have placed in your song, so far.)

-The Fun Stuff-

-Music Jam (This is a tool which allows you to get onto the internet or network and simultaneously “Jam” with up to 6 or 8 other people. “Jamming” consists of each person having an instrument set hooked up to their keyboard (mind you this isn’t literal!) and then playing the instruments with other people)

-The “Audio Extractor” (This allows you to pull just about any .wav file into the software, and then use it to create your own riff, with the sound, as you see fit.)
-Video Player (This is a very well-made tool. It allows the player to either create his/her own video to go with the song, or the can have MTVMG auto-generate a music video to go with it. Supposedly these video/audio files, once exported properly, can be simply used as a xxxxxx.exe file, where you just click, and it plays without the software running, though I haven’t found out how to do it!)

-Clip Library (This is just like the Riff Library, except it has video elements, instead of riffs, and it doesn’t have quite as an extensive library)

-Clip Palette (This is just like the Riff Palette, in literally every sense of the word, with the only exception being that it only can see the video clips v.s. the audio clips!)

-The Load/Save/Clear all Menu (Ahhhhh, deleting is such sweet sorrow. This is just like that nifty old “File Menu” in all of your other apps, except that it can also clear just video, just audio, or both, simultaneously. And, did I mention, aside from saving in the standard MTVMG format (xxxxx.mtv) you can also save your sweetly succulent songs, as xxxx.wac files!!! .mtv, or .wav?? when did life get so hard?)

Now, I do realize that this may be hard to understand without screenshots, but that is why I have been authorized to make this unique, once in a lifetime offer- If you feel like you really want to know more, and you have either Flash or Microsoft Powerpoint or some other similar tool, than you can e-mail me at: E_Maverick2@hotmail.com, and I will be happy to mail you or e-mail you a powerpoint slideshow that I made in eighth grade, and it comes complete with text, screenshots, and a snazzy song that plays along, which I wrote in MTVMG, just to get a better grade in my English class!! Sigh….. Call now, this is a limited time offer....

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